Joe Biden meets Zelensky in first visit to Kyiv since the start of the Russia-Ukraine war

By Claire Gilbody-Dickerson

US President Joe Biden (R) is greeted by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (L) during a visit in Kyiv on 20 February (Photo: Dimitar Dilkoff/ AFP/Getty)

US President Joe Biden has arrived in Kyiv to meet his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky for the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The visit comes ahead of the one-year anniversary of Russia’s land, air and sea invasion on 24 February.

Footage has emerged of his walking side by side with Mr Zelensky as they paid tribute to the Ukrainians killed in the war.

Confirmation of Mr Biden’s visit came amid reports of air raid sirens blaring in Kyiv and the city centre being closed off ahead of an “important visitor” arriving.

The BBC’s Ukraine correspondent, Myroslava Petsa, said Mr Zelensky welcomed the US president saying: “Joseph Biden, welcome to Kyiv! Your visit is an extremely important show of support to all Ukrainians.”

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